Biden says he’s open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights

President Biden on Thursday opened the door to “fundamentally” altering or eliminating the legislative filibuster to advance voting rights and potentially pass other legislation, but he said he has held off on pushing for filibuster reform because he believes it would jeopardize his economic agenda.

“If in fact I get myself into at this moment a debate on the filibuster, I lose at least three votes right now to get what I have to get done on the economic side of the equation, foreign policy side of the equation,” Biden said when asked about his position on the filibuster during a CNN town hall.

Biden reiterated his support for a return to the talking filibuster — when a senator must physically be on the Senate floor talking to block legislation — before predicting that more Democrats would support getting rid of the filibuster if Republicans were to again block efforts to raise the debt ceiling.

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